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Rockies exercise option on closer LaTroy Hawkins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rockies have picked up their $2.25 million option on veteran closer LaTroy Hawkins.

The 42-year-old Hawkins, who will pitch his 21st season in 2015, performed well again this season with 23 saves in 26 opportunities and 3.31 ERA.

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Brewers snag C Juan Centeno
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have signed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers from the Mets.

The 24-year-old Centeno hit .200 in 30 at-bats this season.

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Brewers exercise option on 3B Ramirez, await his decision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have exercised their end of a mutual option on veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has three days to do the same on the $14 million deal.

They 36-year-old Ramirez continued to produce this season with a stat line of .285/.330/.427 and 66 RBI in 494 at-bats.

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Rays bring back 2B Ben Zobrist by exercising option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rays were expected to pick up the $7.5 million option on second baseman Ben Zobrist for 2015 - and they announced it Friday.

Zobrist was among the most productive players on an offense that struggled to score. He placed second on the Rays with a .272 average and tied for the team lead with 83 runs.

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C Alex Avila still waiting for Tigers to pick up 2015 option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have declined to pick up their option on catcher Alex Avila, though they have until Nov. 20 to do so, per MLive.com.

Avila has lost points on his batting average in each of the last three seasons, falling to .218 this year. But he did remain relatively productive in 2014, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 47 while scoring 44 runs in 390 at-bats.

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RHP Felipe Paulino a free agent after White Sox pass
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The White Sox have officially passed on their $4 million option for 2015 on right-hander Felipe Paulino. They paid him the buyout of $250,000, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Paulino lost most of the year to shoulder issues after compiling an 0-2 record and 11.29 ERA in four starts.

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RHP Patrick McCoy signed by Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have signed southpaw reliever Patrick McCoy off waivers from Detroit.

McCoy, who was promoted for his major league debut in July by the Tigers, yielded 21 hits and 13 walks in 14 innings pitched, yet left plenty of baserunners stranded in compiling a 3.86 ERA.

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Options on RHP Scherzer, DH Martinez among Tigers moves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have announced, as expected, that they have made $15.3 million qualifying offers to right-hander Max Scherzer and 2014 MVP candidate Victor Martinez. They will become free agents if the offers are rejected.

Those were among a slew of moves made by the Tigers. Utility man Don Kelly and right-hander Evan Reed have been outrighted off their 40-man roster while they have promoted outfield Wynton Bernard .

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OF Andy Dirks lands with Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Outfielder Andy Dirks has been picked up by the Blue Jays. He was claimed off waivers from Detroit.

Dirks missed the 2014 season with back and hamstring injuries.

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Tigers bring back righty reliever Joakim Soria
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected is now reality - the Tigers have picked up their option on right-handed reliever Joakim Soria. The team is starved for bullpen help.

Soria could not wrest the closer job away from struggling Joe Nathan, but he did walk just six in 44 1/3 innings in splitting time between Texas and Detroit. His ERA rose from 2.70 to 3.25 after the trade, however, and he gave up five earned runs in just one inning pitched during the playoff sweep defeat to Baltimore.

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